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New head trauma centre opens in Borders

Heads Together in Hawick Credit: ITV Border

A new centre specialising in dealing with traumatic head injuries has opened in the Scottish Borders.

Heads Together, which is specifically for those with brain injuries, has moved from their former premises in Galashiels to their new centre in Hawick.

The charity helps people who've suffered from the likes of a stroke or an industrial accident, by providing company and support for those struggling with every day tasks.

Opening of the new centre Credit: ITV Border

The Chairman of Heads Together, Steve Turnbull, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago and has suffered several strokes since.

He helped to set up Heads Together three years ago.

"It's been hard I mean I nearly gave in. I don't think I would be alive now if it wasn't for the charity I really don't. It's kept us going, it's given us a focus and I've moved on.

"To start with, everyone goes through a feeling sorry for yourself stage and I did that and I decided I was wanting to fight back."

– Steve Turnbull, Chairman, Heads Together

One man who says the centre has been a lifeline for him is Joe Devlin, who sustained a brain injury from a quad bike accident.

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Scotland's Business Minister visits Hawick

Hawick Knitwear went into administration last month. Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's Business Minister Fergus Ewing is in Hawick this morning for a meeting with businesses to discuss local economic issues, including the closure of a local factory.

The meeting was called after textile manufacturer Hawick Knitwear went into administration last month.

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jobs were lost when Hawick Knitwear went into administration.
123 jobs were lost when Hawick Knitwear closed it's gates for the final time in December 2015. Credit: ITV Border
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